Fredonia Summer Music Festival For Band, Voice And String Students

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State University of New York at Fredonia

The 29th Fredonia Summer Music Festival at the State University of New York at Fredonia continues its tradition of excellence with four summer music camps beginning in late June.

The Honors Solo Vocal Camp (grades 9 – 12) is for students interested in further developing their skills as a solo classical vocalist. The Strings Camp (grades 8 – 12) is designed by Fredonia’s expert faculty exclusively for violin, viola, cello, and double bass players.
The High School Band Camp (grades 9 – 12) and the Middle School Band Camp (grades 6 – 8) are open to instrumental music students (winds, brass, and percussion) with performance opportunities in large ensembles, chamber music, jazz and more.

The Band camps and Honors Solo Vocal Camp will be offered on Sunday, June 30 through Saturday, July 6, with the Strings camp slated for Sunday, July 14 through Saturday, July 20.

The registration deadline is June 1 for all camps.

Students in the Honors Solo Vocal Camp will work with Fredonia School of Music voice faculty in sessions about repertoire, how to approach text, acting, how to practice, auditioning techniques and movement. Each singer will also receive private voice instruction and have the opportunity to perform for other students throughout the week. In addition, voice students will participate in master classes, attend special evening performances, and have time for individual practice and recreation.

A choral component is being added to the Vocal camp, reflecting the importance of choral singing in the life of a trained singer. The Vocal camp will culminate with a solo recital program of scenes and song, giving students the chance to show off what they have learned, and a choral ensemble concert, shared with the Band camp.

Open to instrumental music students who are rising sixth graders through eighth grade (Middle School) and rising ninth graders through 12th grade graduates (High School), the Summer Band Camps offer a friendly and relaxed setting for musical growth through performance of large ensemble and chamber music. Many of the Band camp faculty are also professors at the university. Outstanding performers and teachers will provide unique opportunities for learning, improving technical skills and expanding musicality. In addition to band rehearsals, chamber ensembles and jazz groups, students will attend daily musicianship classes, participate in master classes, attend special evening performances, and have time for individual practice and recreation. The Band camps culminate with a concert showcasing a large Band and the choral ensembles.

The Summer Music Festival Strings camp is a unique summer program designed by Fredonia’s expert faculty exclusively for violin, viola, cello, and double bass players in grades eight through 12. Daily activities include orchestra rehearsals, chamber music, technique classes, and faculty recitals. All musical experiences are led by Fredonia School of Music string faculty and special guest artists. The week-long festival culminates with a final concert.

Set on Fredonia’s beautiful campus and housed in the university’s School of Music, the Fredonia Summer Music Festival takes advantage of the campus’ first-rate facilities and world-class teachers. Outstanding performers and teachers provide unique opportunities for learning, improving technical skills and expanding musicality.

Registration for the Fredonia Summer Music Festivals includes housing, meals, and a camp t-shirt. There are commuter options available with or without meals. The registration deadline is June 1 for all four camps (Choral, Middle School and High School Band, and Strings).

A limited number of scholarships are offered based on the instrumentation needs of the festival. Families in financial need are strongly urged to request funding in writing from local school, religious organization, or other charitable organizations (Rotary, Lions, etc.).

The Fredonia Summer Music Festival is an exceptional value, with the university intentionally keeping tuition and fees as low as possible to make it an outstanding musical experience available to everyone. Tuition and fees include all meals and housing, festival t-shirt and a group photo.

For more information or to register, visit www.fredonia.edu/summermusic. Questions may also be directed to Leonidas Lagrimas, festival director, at (716) 673-3160, or by emailing leonidas.lagrimas@fredonia.edu

The Fredonia Summer Music Festival is part of the Musical Journeys Program, a community outreach project offered in the Fredonia School of Music. For more information on events and programs and other summer programs at Fredonia School of Music, visit the website at www.fredonia.edu/music